Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin [1967]

Most folks reading this have probably seen the 1968 film starring (brilliantly) Mia Farrow. Love her!

Around 2003 I read the novel for the first time. The film is very much in keeping with the novel, but still I recommend reading the novel.

How in the heck Rosemary ever fell for that whiney wuss named Guy, I'll never know. :-\

Bless someone's heart, they own and scanned the cover of the 1st edition at wikipedia (above).

Need little ol' me say it's a masterpiece? ;-)

There's a sunny psychedelic side to me (sorry 100% Goths), and I must admit the white and yellow decor of the Woodhouse's apartment, Rosemary's stylish "Pixie" haircut and Mod clothing contrast spectacularly with the sinister satanic elements. What can I say; I'm into Carl Jung and know I've got a light side and a dark side...

Halloween is right around the corner; what better time?

1 comment:

Barrymore said...

An absolute classic! I found the book to be quite tongue in cheek and still pretty much in keeping with the early 60s gothic formula. Levin is sheer genius: Boys From Brazil, The Stepford Wives, and Rosemary's Baby. I've read this many times over the year and it's always interesting to note that, while the movie is one of the most accurate page to screen adaptations ever, the movie is STILL downright frightening. (as opposed to The Exorcist which just gets sillier and sillier every year IMHO)